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Wearing Japanese Clothing

Getting Dressed:

Wearing Kariginu (In Japanese)

Wearing Noshi (In Japanese)

Wearing Noshi (Babelfish Translation) or (Original Japanese page)

Tieing Hakama (Babelfish translation) or (Original Japanese page)

Tieing Women's Hakama or Nagabakama (Babelfish Translation) or (Original Japanese page)


Invaluable accessory... everyone should have one. 

Link to a page showing Japanese fans for sale (I've never bought from them, so don't take this as a recommendation for purchases per se)

Women's Hair:

You may have noticed in looking at the pictures of women in pre-1600's Japan that the hair styles that Geisha wear today are post-period. Most commonly women wore their hair very long and straight down their backs, or gathered in a very low ponytail. In Heian it was fashionable to have chin-length locks framing the face. In Muromachi it became popular to have two locks of hair pulled from behind the ears that were longer than shoulder-length but shorter than breast-length. In all pre-1600's women's fashions hair shorter than the waist was regretful - either something to be remedied by purchasing longer hair as a supplement, or a sign that the woman had cut off her hair due to illness or taking Buddhist vows.

If you don't have beautiful shiny straight black hair you can do one of the following:

  • Wear your own hair (assuming it's longer than shoulder length). Straighten it as much as possible, and let it fall straight down your back. If you wish to keep your hair pulled back, make a ponytail very low on your neck - no higher than the bump that sticks out at the base of your neck.
  • Purchase a hair extension ponytail and attach it to your hair.
  • Purchase a black wig. Cheap witch wigs are available around Halloween but don't look right because the hair is too frizzy. For $35-45 you should be able to find a straight-haired waist length black wig from a costume supply store. Store the wig with multiple pony-tail holders down the length to keep it from tangling when not in use.
  • Become a nun and cover your head with a white cloth.

You will find that if you move as you do modernly the wig or hairpiece will fall off and your hair will come messily over your shoulders. Japanese women of enough rank to care about their appearance had no reason to rush or turn suddenly and therefore kept their hair and clothing tidy by not moving. Show good posture and move deliberately. When you need to look to the side, don't turn your head; either tilt your head and move your eyes or move your shoulders and head together. When you nod or bow, do one or the other, not both at the same time.

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This page created August 4, 2002

Last updated August 02, 2005